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noun rap·port \ra-ˈpȯr, rə-\

Simple Definition of rapport

  • : a friendly relationship

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rapport

  1. :  relation; especially :  relation marked by harmony, conformity, accord, or affinity

Examples of rapport in a sentence

  1. Carter had some conventional assets. Although he was a southerner, he had an easy rapport with blacks and the early support of some key black leaders in his home state … —Jack W. Germond, Fat Man in a Middle Seat, 2002

  2. The name “horse whisperer” appears to be an ancient one from the British Isles, given to people whose rapport with horses seemed almost mystical. —Paul Trachtman, Smithsonian, May 1998

  3. … is said to have established an unusual rapport with the Afghan officers through demonstrating his respect for their traditions and way of life. —Carey Schofield, The Russian Elite, 1993

  4. Moreover, I shall … be arguing that the strength of even the more formal Southern writers stems from their knowledge of and rapport with the language spoken by the unlettered. —Cleanth Brooks, The Language of the American South, 1985

  5. He quickly developed a good rapport with the other teachers.

  6. She works hard to build rapport with her patients.

  7. There is a lack of rapport between the members of the group.

Did You Know?

Report comes from the French verb reporter and rapport comes from the French rapporter. Both verbs mean "to bring back" and can be traced back to the Latin verb portare, meaning "to carry." Rapporter also has the additional sense of "to report," which influenced the original English meaning of rapport ("an act or instance of reporting"). That sense of rapport dropped out of regular use by the end of the 19th century.

Origin of rapport

French, from rapporter to bring back, refer, from Old French raporter to bring back, from re- + aporter to bring, from Latin apportare, from ad- ad- + portare to carry — more at fare

First Known Use: circa 1661

RAPPORT Defined for Kids


noun rap·port \ra-ˈpȯr\

Definition of rapport for Students

  1. :  a friendly relationship

Medical Dictionary


noun rap·port \ra-ˈpȯ(ə)r, rə-\

Medical Definition of rapport

  1. :  harmonious accord or relation that fosters cooperation, communication, or trust <rapport between a patient and psychotherapist>

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